Francis Kean, the brother-in-law of Frank Bainimarama, has landed on his feet again.
Kean, who was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter in 2007, has been today named as acting permanent secretary for the Ministry of Works, Public Transport and Public Utilities.
The announcement was made by the Public Service Commission chairman, Josefa Serulagilagi, who raved about Kean's skills. He said the naval commander had "leadership qualities and wide experience in the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces and the Civil Service."
Nothing was said about Kean being charged with the murder of salesman, John Whippy, in 2006 at the wedding reception for Whippy's nephew Samuel, who had married Kean's niece, Ateca Bainimarama. John Whippy died after being kicked and punched by Kean, who controversially served a short time in prison for the crime.
Kean steps into the acting permanent secretary for the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities because Cama Tuiloma has been appointed Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Another soldier, RFMF Lieutenant Tiale Vuiyasawa, was also today named today as acting chief of protocol with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Footnote: Talking about family moves, a source says the budget for the Director of Sports has been diverted to Frank Bainimarama's office. The source says the diversion was a special request from the illegal PM's Office for Ministry of Youth and Sports - to pay for his family's airfares to this month's South Pacific Games in New Caledonia. The Bainimarama clan all attended the Netball world club in Singapore recently at an estimated cost of $40,000 to the Fiji taxpayer.